The series of dolls, paintings, and drawings on paper by Lisa van Noorden depict the theme of ‘innocence lost.
The dolls are accessible to all audiences, from adults to young children. The opposition between the “lucky” children and the “unlucky” child soldiers showcases the injustices in our world in a lighthearted manner simple enough for a child to understand, yet more thought-provoking than the barrage of negative imagery fed to jaded viewers through the television screen every day.
The dolls evoke both feelings of playful nostalgia and mournful sympathy, as viewers are reminded simultaneously of the innocence of childhood, and its susceptibility to corruption. By pairing her dolls, lucky and unlucky, van Noorden emphasizes the contrast between the petty problems of youth and the horror which conscripted child soldiers must face on a daily basis. Her twenty-four dolls from twenty-four countries have their own personal histories, based on the stories of real child soldiers. The dolls hang suspended in wooden boxes, as if they were precious collectors’ items. Yet the LuckyUnlucky dolls engage the viewer in a way average toys could not. Their naive and handmade appearance encourages opposing emotions of comfort and rage, as we are able to play witness to the stories of these children, and even to purchase their stylized representations, without having any control over the fate of subjects’ lives.”
Are the dolls for sale?
Yes, the dolls can be aquired by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long will delivery take?
Depending on your location delivery will take between 1 and 4 weeks.
Can I buy the whole set in one piece?
Yes! The whole set is in fact the complete artwork.
A portion of the proceeds is donated
to independent organisations, working across the world to help children affected by war.
Lisa van Noorden
Birth of the Kwakou doll